J. C. Jorge-Rivera

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The effects of the extended FLRFamide-like peptides, TNRNFLRFamide and SDRNFLRFamide, were studied on the stomach musculature of the crab Cancer borealis. Peptide-induced modulation of nerve-evoked contractions was used to screen muscles. All but 2 of the 17 muscles tested were modulated by the peptides. In several muscles of the pyloric region, peptides(More)
The modulation of the pyloric rhythm of the stomatogastric ganglion of the crab, Cancer borealis, by crustacean cardioactive peptide (CCAP) is described. CCAP activated pyloric rhythms in most silent preparations, and altered the phase relationships of pyloric motor neuron firing in all preparations. In CCAP, the pyloric rhythms were characterized by long(More)
The effects of insect allatostatins (ASTs) 1-4 were studied on the stomach musculature of the crab Cancer borealis. Of these, Diploptera-allatostatin 3 (D-AST-3) was the most effective. D-AST-3 (10(-6 )mol l-1) reduced the amplitude of nerve-evoked contractions, excitatory junctional potentials and excitatory junctional currents at both cholinergic and(More)
At least 10 different substances modulate the amplitude of nerve-evoked contractions of the gastric mill 4 (gm4) muscle of the crab, Cancer borealis. Serotonin, dopamine, octopamine, proctolin, red pigment concentrating hormone, crustacean cardioactive peptide, TNRNFLRFamide, and SDRNFLRFamide increased and -allatostatin-3 and histamine decreased the(More)
Anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) have become significant drugs of abuse in recent years with the highest increase reported in adolescent girls. In spite of the increased use of AAS, the CNS effects of these steroids are poorly understood. We report that in prepubertal female rats, three commonly abused AAS, 17alpha-methyltestosterone, stanozolol, and(More)
The strength of many synapses is modified by various use and time-dependent processes, including facilitation and depression. A general description of synaptic transfer characteristics must account for the history-dependence of synaptic efficacy and should be able to predict the postsynaptic response to any temporal pattern of presynaptic activity. To(More)
Gamma-aminobutyric acid type A (GABAA) receptors expressed within the medial preoptic area (mPOA) are known to play a critical role in regulating sexual and neuroendocrine functions. In the rat brain, high levels of expression of the gamma1 subunit mRNA of the GABAA receptor are restricted to a limited number of regions that mediate sexual behaviors,(More)
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